Why do men get erections in the morning?

Morning erections (also called morning tent, morning glory, early riser, breakfast boner or nocturnal penile tumescence) happens when a male is sleeping or waking up.  This is natural and normal - DON’T stress –it happens to all boys and men.

An erection happens when blood flows to the penis. Many things happen when you are sleeping that could give you an erection…

You could have a full bladder: Holding urine in at night can make your bladder full. When this happens, it can push on the nerves running through the penis, and that can cause an erection.

You may have rubbed against something while sleeping: A penis can get aroused easily by any physical contact. If it touches against someone or something by mistake, it can react by getting erect.

You may have dreamed about sex: Arousing dreams can give you an erection, and you may also ejaculate (cum) – this is called a “wet dream”.

Changes in your hormone levels: Your testosterone levels are highest in the morning, and this may cause an erection by itself.

Waking up with an erection is a normal part of life…in fact, it’s a sign that your penis is healthy and working well. It’s only a problem if your erection is painful or doesn’t go away after a few hours – make sure you see a doctor at your nearest clinic if this happens.

For more information on what's happening to your body, check out our article “Erection Alert: handling the ups and downs”.


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